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City of Ghosts : for orchestra

by Alex Turley (2015, this version: 2016)

City of Ghosts


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City of Ghosts : for orchestra / Alex Turley.

Library shelf no. 784.2/TUR 1 [Available for loan]

City of Ghosts

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Work Overview

City of Ghosts seeks to evoke a sense of the ethereal, the supernatural…shimmering between different sound worlds and scales of time. As a metaphorical starting point the work was informed by the impression of a deserted city, clouded by fog and rain. There is movement in the shadows, just out of reach; bursts of colour and light bleed through the mist. The orchestration is thick and concealed, the ensemble oscillating between individual aleatoric activity and movement as one entity. The depth of focus is blurred between clouds of obscured sound and brief moments of clarity.

Work Details

Year: 2015, this version: 2016

Instrumentation: Flute (doubling piccolo and alto flute in G), oboe (doubling cor anglais), 2 clarinets in B flat (I doubling clarinet in A; II doubling bass clarinet in B flat), bassoon, 2 horns in F, 2 trumpets in C, trombone, tuba, timpani, percussion (2 players), harp, celesta, strings (

Duration: 9 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Cybec Foundation.

First performance: by Benjamin Northey, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra — 10 Feb 16. Iwaki Auditorium, Melbourne

Performances of this work

24 Jan 19: Atlanta Symphony Hall, Atlanta, Gerogia, USA. Featuring Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

10 Feb 16: Iwaki Auditorium, Melbourne. Featuring Benjamin Northey, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

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